Negro pepper popularly known in Nigeria as Uda seed is an aromatic spice that is used in flavouring foods. This seed is Xylopia aethiopica from the Annonaceae family and in some parts of the world, it is known as grains of selim. In this article, we shall be discussing the nutritional value of uda seed, health benefits of uda seed, how to use uda seed for malaria, rheumatologism, menstrual pains as well as how to use Uda seed for abortion.
The bark, seeds, stem, fruit and leaves of Uda seed can be used for several purposes.
Medical properties of Uda Seed
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Other medical values of negro pepper includes
The Health Benefits of Uda Seed
1. Anti-inflammatory benefits
2. Antioxidants in nature
3. remedy for Dermatological Problems
4. Can be used to treat malaria
5. Remedy for Rheumatism
6. Treatment for gastrointestinal Problems
7. For treatment of Menstrual Problems
Health benefits of uda seed is majorly based on it’s rich phytochemical composition and nutritional value.
Anti-inflammatory benefits of Uda seed
Inflammation of the body is the body’s way of responding to injuries and any damage to tissue in order to stop any harmful stimuli, heal the affected tissue. Without inflammation, wounds and infections on the body will not be healed of which may result ti critical health condition.
Uda seed is naturally filled with a lot of anti-inflammatory properties like beta-caryophyllene which helps in the modulation of diet induced dyslipidemia and insulin resistance.
Antioxidants in nature
Negro pepper contains a good amount of antioxidants which help get rid of free radicals oxidizing agents in the body. And is also effective in reducing the risk and effect of cancerous tumours.
Antioxidants properties of uda seed include
In addition, it may interest you to know that the water extract of uda fruit contains significant amount of phenolic compounds, which in its own capacity contributes to the elimination of free radicals in the body.
Remedy for Dermatological Problems
Uda seeds are proven to be an effective remedy in treating skin conditions like boils, itches, skin eruptions and other dermatological problems.
How to use Uda seed for malaria
Malaria is majorly caused by parasites spread to the human body through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Medical reports shows that more than 200 million cases of malaria are recorded yearly and that it led to the death of over 500,000 people globally.
Common symptoms of malaria include
Negro pepper is filled with some potent antimalarial properties and can be used for preparing local remedy for treatment of malaria in humans.
Remedy for Rheumatism
Rheumatism is a general term for diseases that cause chronic pain and inflammation in the joints, muscles or connective tissues if the body. The bark of uda tree contains anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties which helps in the treatment of myriad of rheumatic disorders.
Treatment for gastrointestinal Problems
Gastrointestinal disorders are health conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract which includes stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, gastric ulcers, indigestion and flatulence, etc. For treatment, the leaves of uda tree can be used for relief.
How to use Uda seed for Menstrual Problems
Some traditional reports have claimed that uda may be useful in treating menstrual issues as dried Uda seed can be used in traditional medicine for enhancing menstrual blood flow and for the treatment of amenorrhea.
How to use Negro pepper for abortion
Many reports have been claimed by some people about uda seed being used to induce abortion of foetus in pregnant women. Also, one study in 2015 showed that a liquid extract of the Negro pepper can reduce the haemoglobin concentration, increase the bleeding and clotting time as well as reduce the white blood cell count and mean corpuscular haemoglobin in rats but no concrete medical reports on uuda seed being used for abortion.
Side Effects of Negro Pepper (Uda Seed)
When taking certain medications, ensure to discuss with your physician before taking uda seeds to avoid complications. And if you experience nausea or dizziness after consuming uda seed, I recommend you stop the usage immediately.